PhD Creative Writing Confirmation Seminar

16 Sep 2019 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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AT2.51, SGP3.64, 7C34

via video-conference in AT2.51 (Auckland), SGP3.64 (Manawatu), 7C34 (Wellington)

This thesis considers gender in contemporary New Zealand Aotearoa fiction and the possibilities for characters when they query the gender categories they have been assigned. The presentation will focus on an analysis of the novel Lamplighter by Kerry Donovan Brown, a novel exploring how bodies can be livable and legible both to ourselves and others. I will consider how Lamplighter frames the ways we are called into a community of language in which we are recognised as subjects. The creative portion of the thesis will feature a collection of original short fiction investigating moments of discomfort that arise when our gendered lives become visible. In the presentation I will read from short story Treasons, which considers the small acts of betrayal a woman experiences and in turn must undertake as she navigates the death of someone she loved.

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